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The Tamar Bridge & Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge across the Tamar to Saltash

Saltash on the west bank of the River Tamar is the gateway to Cornwall. The Tamar suspension bridge, first opened in 1961, carries the A38 trunk road across the river from Devon capital Plymouth on the east bank to Saltash in Cornwall on the west bank. Brunel's great Royal Albert Bridge (1859) carries the railway across the Tamar adjacent to the suspension road bridge. Saltash makes a great base from which to explore the west bank of the Tamar and the Tamar Valley. The town is modern and flourishing, with many fine inns, restaurants, shops and a variety of retail outlets. A town trail taking in a bust of Brunel, views of the great Royal Albert Bridge and the old Guildhall is just one of a choice of local walks in and around Saltash. Visit the Saltash Museum on Lower Fore Street with heritage gift shop on-site and see a variety of exhibitions on the town's history and bridges.

Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge

The Royal Albert Bridge (1859) across the Tamar to Saltash is one of Brunel's great engineering achievements, built to carry the railway from Devon to Cornwall across the river. Brunel died in 1859 just before the bridge's completion. This Bowstring suspension bridge still has the power to astound with its great cables and iron plate girders. The Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash was Brunel's last engineering masterpiece. The best way to view the bridge is by train. The bridge actually begins at the end of the station platform at Saltash. Regular services run between Saltash and Plymouth, and there is free parking down on the Saltash waterside not far from the bridge and station.

Port Eliot Festival

The Port Eliot Festival is held annually in July at the Port Eliot Estate in Saltash. This popular literary and arts festival features activities and attractions for all ages. A real celebration of words and music, the festival includes a fantastic line-up of performers across comedy, literature, film and pop culture, with names appearing in the past including Jarvis Cocker, Hanif Kureishi, Anita Pallenberg, Mike Figgis and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Accommodation in Saltash

  • Saltash   (0.9 miles from the centre of Saltash)
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    Saltash Services Travelodge Hotel near Plymouth, ideal for Devon and Cornwall touriing with restaurant and petrol station adjacent, ample parking and WiFi.
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  • Saltash   (0.6 miles from the centre of Saltash)
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    The China Fleet Country Club has 40 spacious apartments all are en suite with fully equipped kitchens and comfortable lounge / dining areas. Set in 180 acres of stunning Corni...
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  • St Mellion   (5.3 miles from the centre of Saltash)
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    A lovely detached stone barn, once a farm building now converted into a lovely holiday home. The tree growing outside the cottage is a large pear tree, loaded with fruit and thi...
     
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  • Saltash   (3.7 miles from the centre of Saltash)
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    With a stay at Smeaton Farm - B&B in Saltash, you'll be within the region of Buckland Abbey and Home Park. This 4-star country house is within the region of Mt. Edgcumbe and Cha...
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  • Saltash   (0.6 miles from the centre of Saltash)
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    40 spacious self catering holiday apartments near Plymouth. Set in 180 acres of countryside with leisure pool, golf course, sauna, tennis, fitness studio.
     
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  • Nr St Mellion   (4.6 miles from the centre of Saltash)
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    Luxurious self catering holiday cottage in Cornwall sleeping 2 on a private 70 acre estate in the beautiful protected Tamar Valley close to St Mellion.
     
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  • Saltash   (3.6 miles from the centre of Saltash)
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    Four self-catering cottages on a 400 acre farm near Saltash, ideal for exploring Devon and Cornwall with WiFi, country views and local walks. Some dog friendly. Sleep 2-6.
     
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